Future Focused Learning – A day with Barbara Bray

Keynote Address: The Future of School and Learner Agency

How do we meet the needs of our learners? What does this mean for school and learning in the future? Will learners and teachers be hacking education and redesigning curriculum? Becoming partners in learning with your learners. What does that mean for you? What can your learners teach you? How can your learners be independent and self-organise so they are responsible and in control of their learning?

Part 1. Building Learner Agency Using UDL as a Lens to Personalise Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is the lens to personalize learning. UDL is a tool to help us design toinclude from the outset. We need to consider what will enable rather than dis-able learners in the way we teachand organise learning:

•Support teachers to plan learning to meet the diverse and variable needs of all students

•Learn how flexible supports for learning can be embedded into an environment and made available toeveryone

•Explore how hidden barriers to learning can be identified and minimised

•How to use UDL to develop learner agency

Part 2. Changing Spaces, Thinking and Mindsets

Taking UDL a step further, go deeper into learning with design thinking. Do your teachers use the DesignThinking process to encourage creativity and innovation?

•Use UDL to understand how your learners learn best and what that means for your classroom

•Use the design thinking process starting with empathy to put yourself in your learners’ shoes on whatschool needs to look, feel, and sound like for them

•Brainstorm in small groups how you would redesign a classroom based on the learners in the class

•Now that you redesigned your class, what experiences will your learners have? How can teachers build amakerspace mindset for their classroom?

Part 3. PBL, Design Thinking and Authentic Context

Develop project-based learning since NZ curriculum framework is flexible around context learning. Some of theways to stretch your mind and thinking around learning using:

•PBL or passion projects to encourage learner voice and choice

•How to tie the NZ curriculum frontend as guide for the backend

•Using STEAM to develop your theme and using makerspaces resources


Barbara Bray
Barbara Bray, is a creative learning strategist, co-founder of Personalize Learning, LLC, co-author of How to Personalize Learning (released October 18, 2016) and Make Learning Personal (2014), blogs at Rethinking Learning, and is also founder/owner of My eCoach, division of Computer Strategies, LLC. Barbara works with schools, districts, individuals, businesses, and non-profit agencies around the world. She believes that anyone at any age can learn and develop agency so they become self-directed, independent learners. She assists large and small organizations to transform teaching and learning through action research, project-based learning, the design thinking process, flexible learner-centered environments and redesign of teaching practice. In fact, she loves the challenge of designing new learning spaces and working closely with architects. Barbara guides the design of coaching programs to develop cultures of learning and communities of practice where teachers are "partners in learning" with learners. She created My eCoach for teachers based on a coaching platform so they have the resources, tools, and support they need in a safe online environment. She enjoys sharing stories of teachers and learners who have challenged the status quo and created innovative experiences and activities for deeper learning.

Course Details

Location: Taupo
Date(s): Wed, 3rd May 9:00AM - 3:30PM
Cost: $300.00 + GST

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